Thursday, July 9, 2009

Trouble comes to those who expect it.

Well, the trip turned nasty quickly. The first night on the road and it rained all night and did not stop until we were all packed up and ready to hit the road. Then after the first gas stop, within just a few miles my bike quit. Just seemed like it ran out of gas, even tho we had just filled them both up at the same gas station. I could coax it along, it would run after it sat just a minute, then run anywhere from 1 mile to 10. The picture I am including is me tearing the bottom of the carburetor off and blowing out any microscopic piece of crud. Put it all back together and it has been running like a tiger for over 250 miles now. Guess whatever I did cured it, but I will still keep my fingers crossed. We are taking a day off driving today to regroup at our host's home (Tom & Bonnie Bernhardt) in Sauk Rapids, Mn. Kevin and I will try to reach Minot, ND tomorrow, rain or shine, but probably rain.


  1. Hi Larry,
    Glad to hear that you sorted out the problem. Just think how boring the adventure would be if you didn't have any glitches. This is the stuff of great stories. I am praying to the motorcycle gods for both of you. Take care.

  2. Thursday night -- just checked on your progress. You will be the topic of discussion tonight at Wendy's. Stay safe -- even if you cannot stay dry.
    Wes & Alice

  3. I'm glad to hear you were able to get your bike up and running! We're rootin' for ya' both!

  4. Add one of those little clear fuel filters to your line under the gas tank. Had exactly the same problem with my 99 KLR. The filter solved it for the long run. Have a great trip. Getting replace my 82 Old Wing with a 09 KLR.

  5. Kevin: I know what you mean when you said that you had a sore butt,i have ridden with Larry,he never stops.Good luck on you'r trip.